Belmopan, Cayo, Belize
Founding of Belmopan
Secretary of State
October 9 1965
Location. 17° 16.351′ N, 88° 46.827′ W. Marker is in Belmopan, Cayo. Marker is on Western Highway (at milepost 49),, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harriot W. Topsey (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Agripino Cawich Bridge (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Rt. Hon. George C. Price (approx. 3.5 kilometers away).
Regarding Founding of Belmopan. After Hurricane Hattie almost completely destroyed Belize City in 1961, a movement to change the location of the capital to higher ground inland began. George Price, as Premier of the colony of British Honduras, invited then Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and Colonies, Anthony Greenwood, to visit. During that visit on October 9, 1965 he visited the site of Belmopan, today's capital of Belize, and inaugurated this monument as a way to show UK commitment to its founding. The first phase of construction in Belmopan was completed in 1970.
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